Today the focus of Love Your Data Week is data organization. We'll have two posts today, the first on the topic of naming, the second reviewing Bulk Rename Utility.
So, first: Data librarians at Penn State have written two blog posts on The Art of Naming Things, one of which focuses on the practice of creating logical element names in a dataset and functions in your code (among other things). The second post deals with naming schemes for files and directories.
Part of #LYD16 is a daily activity designed to both illustrate the concepts being discussed, and to give data users a place to start. Today's activity is to come up with a folder structure and/or naming plan. Tips from #LYD16 folks are:
If you don’t already have a folder structure and/or file naming plan, come up with one and share it. Some good practices for naming files are described below:
There are generally two approaches to folder structures. Filing, or using a hierarchical folder structure. The other approach is piling, which relies on fewer folders and uses the search, sort, and tagging functions of your operating system or cloud storage tools like Box.